This is a selection of images from the last nine months spent photographing new construction in China. These photos will be included in a solo exhibition at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute (Daxuecheng campus) running from October 18th to October … Continue reading →
Skymall, sometimes written Skymall and sometimes Sky Mall, is a new mixed-use development currently under construction in Chongqing’s University Town. These mixed-use developments, really lifestyle campuses, are small cities unto themselves that serve most of the basic needs for the … Continue reading →
Have you ever tried to go shopping, only to find that the store had been destroyed? I’ve been searching Chongqing, working primarily off the recommendations of other makers, for good quality timber and hardwood suitable for wooden sculpture. Today I … Continue reading →
Most of the entertainment takes place outside here, whether it’s hotpot and beer, billiards, badminton etc. This despite the fact that there are heavy rains and the winter temperatures do approach freezing.
This is a typical landscape in the Shapingba district of Chongqing. It’s mostly kind of boggy farmland. There really aren’t large fields that I have seen; it’s mostly just these small plots tended by hand, intermittently interrupted by high rise developments. In this area many of the high-rises are the auxiliary campuses of Chongqing’s various universities.
Just outside of the Chenjiaqiao stop on Line 1 there are the remnants of an older farming community. Several hundred yards in, Chenjiaqiao city suddenly becomes modern again, but not until after you have forded several bogs and small scale farms. It’s a strange walk to go from the Star Trek looking rail platform, through a somewhat pre-industrial landscape and emerge in 80’s and 90’s era Chinese architecture.
Usually I go to Chenjiaqiao to buy furniture or tools, or to go to the outdoor market.
Residents from the south and west of Laijiaqiao can walk over this terrain if they are in a hurry to board the metro. Of course the hazard is the plywood bridge and the often saturated red mud, both of which make it unwise to wear your best shoes into town. At most metro platforms in Chongqing you can see a number of motorcycles carrying passengers right up to the escalators. The drivers are willing to drive over curbs, sidewalks and just about any terrain. This was the first platform I had seen that stumped most of the moto-cabs.